White Lies, by Damian Marrett

Being a crook was a whole lot of fun. From a personal perspective, I particularly enjoyed the not-getting-caught part of the equation. Granted, there was probably more danger and risk associated with working undercover than breaking the law, but then the gut didn’t sink and scramble when cops knocked down the door either. Unlike my criminal associates, I had no fear of a ten-year stretch.

This is Damian Marrett’s second book about his days as a covert operative (undercover cop) in the Victorian Police Force. Marratt shares his involvement in six memorable undercover operations, which see him pitted against drug-dealing neo-Nazis, Romanian heroin dealers, kidnappers and a drug-trafficking Olympian.

Reading White Lies is a little like watching an undercover cop show like Stingers, except that these are real life cops, real life crims and real-life events.

Marratt shares his life with a wryly humorous voice which is easy to read and believable. He is also honest about the ups and downs of the job and of the necessarily secretive life he lead for six years. For anyone with an interest in police and detective work, this is an absorbing read.

White Lies, by Damian Marrett
Harper Collins, 2006